How many Jews were enslaved in Egypt? How many of them left Egypt? What is the secret of the 60 multitudes?
The Daily Ma’amar by our Rebbe Rav Eliezer Berland shlit”a, courtesy of the “Hashem Hu HaElokim” leaflet:
Because Rabbi Nehorai in the Midrash HaGadol [Vaera 99] says: that only one in 600,000 left Egypt. That is to say that there were 360,000,000,000 (360 billion) Jews in Egypt.
And in Midrash Rabbah Shemot, Rabbi Nehorai says: that two out of 600,000 – that like their way of entering Israel, so was their way of leaving Egypt. Like when they entered, only two out of 600,000 – bin Nun and Calev, also in their leaving, two out of 600,000 left, which is to say: 600,000 times 300,000 = 180,000,000,000 (180 billion) Jews were in Egypt.
And all of them said that Moshe cannot sustain them in the desert, as it is said [Tehilim 78:19]: “Can God set a table in the desert.”
And this is what is written [Micah 5:3-4]: “He will stand up and lead with the strength of Hashem, with the majesty of the Name of Hashem his God. They will settle [in peace], for at that time he will be great to the ends of the earth, and this will [assure] peace. If Assyria will come into our land, and if he will tread upon our palaces, we will set up seven shepherds or eight officers against him” – [Succah 52b]: Yishai, Shaul, Shmuel, Amos, Tzefanya, Tzidkiyahu – that they blinded his eyes and that they killed his sons in front of his eyes, and put him for 26 years in terrible solitary confinement until Nevuchadnetzar passed away – and Mashiach, and Eliyahu.
Because King Shaul will also come with Mashiach and also with Eliyahu, and they will come and announce the redemption. And beforehand, everyone will go to the grave of Moshe Rabbeinu on Har Navo, and there they will reveal a doe, that such beauty has never been seen before. And the doe will lead them to the grave of Moshe Rabbeinu, and there the doe will enter inside the grave and learn with Moshe Rabbeinu all night, and in the morning Moshe will come out with the doe and meet Mashiach, Eliyahu, and King Shaul, who will wait outside for the soul of Moshe to come out to them.
Then they all will go together to the grave of Rachel, and wake up Rachel Emeinu from her grave.
And from there they will all go together to Me’arat HaMachpelah and wake up the forefathers – Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov, and the three of them will leave Me’arat HaMachpelah to greet Moshe, Mashiach, and Eliyahu, and Shaul, and Rachel Eimenu.
Then shofars will fall down to all of them from heaven, and all of them will sound a Teru’ah, Tekiyah, Teru’ah, and all the mosques and churches will fall and be swallowed into the earth, and the Jewish people will rule in Rama [i.e. with authority], as it says “A voice in Rama is heard.”
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